Data Science Lead
Location: Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

At Picnic, we’re revolutionizing the way people buy groceries with our affordable and sustainable app-only delivery service. We do almost everything in-house, developing cutting-edge technologies and processes to ensure we continue to grow rapidly without missing a beat. If you are passionate about data science, we’re offering you the opportunity to join our diverse team at our Amsterdam HQ and make a real difference in our data-driven, scale-up environment.  

🥜 In a nutshell 

Join us as the Lead of our Data Science team and shape the way we use Machine Learning to accelerate and transform our business! Our Data Science team has more than 20 different ML systems in production, serving millions of customers in multiple markets. With ML, we personalize the app, tackle waste & unavailability, efficiently process our customer feedback, and more! Needless to say, we are passionate about making a fast and positive impact on our customer's shopping journey using ML.

As the Lead of the Data Science team, you drive the success of all data science products, spanning the full breadth of Picnic. You'll collaborate hand-in-hand with teams across all business and tech domains to identify and prioritize opportunities where ML can make the biggest impact. This includes finding white spots for novel use cases, but also determining where to invest in our mature machine learning models, like demand forecasting, fraud detection and store search ranking. You don't only drive prioritization, but are actively involved in all steps with the team such as ideation, launch, and growth.

Moreover, you’ll set the direction of the ever-growing role of ML at Picnic. You will lead the way in adopting machine learning across Picnic. Together with the Tech Lead, you will build a strategy for scaling up our data science efforts from tens to hundreds of high-quality models to amplify the impact on our business.

Check out some of our previous machine learning projects here: https://blog.picnic.nl

Get in contact: we're looking for a passionate Data Science Lead, so if you're interested in finding out more about our projects, teams, tech products and future plans, please feel free to get in touch with some of our colleagues: Sharon Gieske, Maxim Oei.

💻 Technologies we use

  • Python (Scikit-learn, PyTorch, Tensorflow, FastAPI - or we build our own packages)
  • SQL (Snowflake, Postgres)
  • Tableau
  • Jira, GitHub

🎯 What you’ll do

  • Identify opportunities for machine learning within Picnic, for new and mature projects
  • Develop, lead and drive implementation of a strategy to scale Data Science throughout the organization
  • Define, own, and lead execution of the product roadmap in alignment with all stakeholders across the entire organization
  • Be responsible for machine learning being applied where it matters most, across Picnic
  • Build and support a high-performance team in a rapidly growing organization, together with your technical counterpart
  • Communicate effectively the value of machine learning and identify the cases where alternative solutions are more appropriate

⭐ About you

  • Master’s degree in AI, Computer Science, Mathematics, Econometrics, or relevant work experience
  • At least five years of practical experience in data science at a company that runs machine learning models in production
  • At least three years of experience leading a data science team, preferably with experience scaling up the team to handle growing demand and scope
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills, the mindset of having data and tech at the core of everything we do 
  • Solid interpersonal and collaborative skills to interact with different stakeholders and inspire your team to grow 
  • Passionate about delivering a solid product vision that is key for the growth of Picnic
  • Your English skills are on point (no Dutch required)

Do you want to hear more about us? Check our videos here!

📖 Picnic Perks

Every expert was once a beginner! 

You’ll get plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself and grow, including the Picnic Tech Academy, Lunch & Learn sessions, and tailored soft skills training. We also offer free professional weekly language courses.

Make a difference

You’ll work in an awesome startup environment with the freedom to drive your own projects and create a visible impact. 
Our fully electric vehicles and sustainable business model mean you’ll also be contributing to making the world a better place! 

Teamwork makes the dream work

With more than 80 nationalities across 3 countries, you’ll be part of a diverse company with plenty of cool stuff to get involved with, from board game evenings to after-work drinks to our company ski trip and more!

You are what you eat

You’ll get freshly prepared, healthy lunches and snacks (with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and halal options). Coffee snob? Don’t worry, our amazing Picnic barista has you covered.

Stay healthy 

Mental health is important. As well as having the option to speak with Picnic colleagues who act as confidential advisors, our collaboration with OpenUp gives you easy access to professional psychologists, along with workshops and materials. 

There are plenty of sports communities and events to get involved with, from tennis to yoga to climbing! 

Attractive package

We offer competitive compensation and a pension plan that looks out for your future self as well as 25 vacation days per year, so you can recharge your batteries. 

Work-life balance

Where possible, we like to enable people to work in ways that suit their working styles, which is why we have a hybrid-working model. Our teams generally like to have at least one team day per week at the office (the tasty lunch and Barista-made coffee may be a factor), but besides that, it’s up to you and your team.

Benefits for ex-pats 

It can be daunting starting a new job AND moving to a new country. That’s why we offer lots of support for our many ex-pat colleagues, including: 

  • Relocation package: If you join Picnic from abroad, we’ll cover your trip to Amsterdam, sponsor your Visa, and offer you a month of accommodation while you settle in (as long as regulations allow)
  • In the Netherlands, we offer support with your first tax report as well as arranging the 30% ruling
  • From health insurance to living arrangements to pet passports, there are always colleagues who’ve faced the same challenges and are more than happy to help! 

Commitment to equal opportunities 

Picnic is an equal opportunity employer—this means that all decisions regarding applications will be based on qualifications and merit. Applicants will be regarded independently of age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, skin color, civil status, religious beliefs, physical or mental disability, or any other factors protected by law. 

At Picnic, we celebrate and value our differences and are committed to building a safe and inclusive working environment where everyone can be themselves.

Our recruitment process

Phone screening

Online test


Assessment day

Closing interview


Apply now!